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Breeders Crown finals on the horizon

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The 2008 Breeders Crown races for 2 and 3 year olds will approach a combined $5 million in purses for the eight-race post-Thanksgiving extravaganza at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Nov. 29.   The finals for freshman pacers and trotters will race for $700,000 (gtd.), making them the richest 2-year-old finals in the U.S. and the highest Crown purses for those divisions in the last 10 years. &...
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Burke reaches 4-month suspension settlement with NJRC

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has been told by the New Jersey Racing Commission that the sport’s leading trainer, Mickey Burke, has reached a settlement agreement for a four-month suspension and $2,500 fine for two lidocaine positives in 2006.   Burke was the leading dash-winning trainer in 2006 with 449 winners and was second on the earnings list with $5.69 million in purse earnings. He was subseque...
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Codey suggests solution to purse impasse

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
While the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA/NJ) continues to call attention to the impasse that has kept purse subsidy funds from flowing into Freehold Raceway, Freehold Raceway’s Don Codey told harnessracing.com that he has written a letter to the Casino Association of New Jersey, suggesting a solution to the impasse.   Freehold Raceway president and genera...
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Enrollment open for Meadowlands Breeders Crown challenge

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
It all comes down to the Breeders Crown for handicappers, too as racing fans can battle to the finish for cash and iPods in the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Breeders Crown “Across the Board Challenge,” an online handicapping competition beginning Friday, November 21 and powered by 123Racing.   Enrollment for the two-week opens Friday, November 14. The Across the Board Challenge is a F...
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Hawthorne passed over for Illinois casino

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune has reported that on Friday the Illinois Gaming Board picked Des Plaines, Rosemont and Waukegan as the three finalists for the state\'s only available casino license, knocking Hawthorne Race Course out of the running. This will be the 10th casino license in the state.   The Tribune story said Gaming Board chairman Aaron Jaffe said one of his main interests in choosi...
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Yonkers features go to Binions, American Lane

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Binions, last in the early going, snapped a stubborn favorite Omen Hanover at the wire of Yonkers Raceway\'s co-featured $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace Friday evening. With Greg Grismore driving for trainer Ronnie Burke, Binions--ordered to begin from post position No. 7--was at the back of the bus early while Miss Galvinator A (Larry Stalbaum) tried her luck with the baton. This Miss ...
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Look To Book victorious in Northfield return

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
With Memphis Glow on the sidelines for a week after three straight Mares Open wins, Northfield\'s 2007 co-Horse-of-the-Year, Look To Book ($4.60) let the ladies now there was a new sheriff in town Friday. In her return from Indiana Downs, the five-year-old Nobleland Sam mare made every call a winning one as she easily turned back co-favored Andi Andi, who got away second and played follow the lead...
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Hypnotize noses out J Lo Hanover at Pompano in 1:53

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Hypnotize ($8.80) got the best of rival J Lo Hanover in posting a nose victory to win the $16,000 Mares Open Pace Friday at the Isle Pompano Park in 1:53. Driver Dan Clements, who sat a pocket trip and followed race favorite J Lo Hanover and Kevin Wallis from the start, was able to barely find clearance along the rail in deep stretch for the victory. Lucy Lucy (Anthony Napolitano), who was grindi...
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Matron finals on tap Saturday at Dover

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
After two world and one track records last week in elimination divisions, the top eight performers return Saturday, Nov. 16 at Dover Downs for four lucrative Matron Series finals for male and filly pacers and trotters. First post is 5:30 p.m.   The leadoff Matron Filly Trot Final boasts a  $226,125 purse. Margarita Momma set a track record winning one of three Matron elims last week...
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Tidewaterdragonfly wins, closes in on earnings milestone

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Tidewaterdragonfly edged closer to millionaire status Friday at The Meadows when she captured the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace in powerful front-end fashion. Tidewaterdragonfly endured a demanding first quarter of 26.1, but under Dave Palone’s handling, she steadily widened her lead and scored easily in 1:51.4. The ground-saving Chinatown K was second by 4 lengths, with ...
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Definer wins third straight in ISOBA contest

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotting colts were on display Wednesday night as a field of six 2 year olds met in a $14,500 ISOBA Super Sale Stake and continuing an impressive late-season roll Robert Rietveld, Jack Dorn, Paul Gibson and Kenny Collier’s Definer rolled to his third straight triumph in 1:59.1 over a track that was turned into a sea of mud after two straight days of rain. &nb...
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At Pompano it\'s Mathers as the winner

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Mathers Lavec, a 48-1 long shot, upset the 1-5 betting favorite, Slate, with a half-length victory in the $7,300 feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday.   Driven by Denis St. Pierre, Mathers Lavec raced along the rail in fourth as Slate and driver Wally Hennessey led the field through fractions of :27.3, :58.2 and 1:27.4 to the three-quarters. The longest shot in the field, A...
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She\'s the victor in Dover\'s top trot

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Victors Vicky stepped up to the $22,000 winners-over trot Wednesday night at Dover Downs and won for the third straight time, while Joey The Jet JT was the best in the $18,000 sub-feature.   Driven by Corey Callahan, Victors Vicky came on strong in the stretch to score a 1:56 triumph in the week\'s top trot. The Valley Victor-Deaconess Hanover 6-year-old mare trained by Richard Johns...
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SBSW makes final start on Canadian soil in OSS Super Final

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals night at Woodbine racetrack on Saturday will be a star-studded evening featuring some of the most stellar 2- and 3-year-old Standardbreds on the continent--including freshman sensation Nebupanezzar and sophomore trotters Define The World and Bella Dolce.   But racing fans could be excused for feeling that one entry in particular eclipses all...
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SBOANJ asks racing commission to sanction Freehold

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) Thursday called on the state’s Racing Commission to take sanctions against the owners of Freehold Raceway for actions highly detrimental to racing by refusing to sign the current casino purse supplement agreement. SBOANJ president Tom Luchento noted that the supplement agreement would provide $1.6 million in additio...
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Storm derails Hogies Cam\'s quest for Mighty M win mark

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Golden Storm GB’s record of 22 wins during a single season is safe---for now. On Thursday afternoon, Hogies Cam, with 21 wins under his belt this year, failed to equal the Monticello Raceway track record for the most wins during one campaign when the venerable pacer finished third with regular driver Jordan Stratton aboard. One doesn’t need a clairvoyant to conclude that after 37...
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New Jersey commission to meet over SBOANJ/Freehold impasse

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has agreed to a special meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission to address the group’s intention to pull simulcasting signal rights from Freehold Raceway. “While we could pursue this right in federal court, we will defer to the request from the New Jersey Racing Commission and meet with them on Dec. 3, 2008,” said SBOAN...
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Santanna Blue Chip to retire to Kentuckiana of Ontario

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that 2007 Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip p,1:51.3 ($1,608,732) will stand the 2009 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm in Rockwood. Kentuckiana Farms will serve as syndicate manager and along with Emerald Ridge Farm will manage the son of Art Major\'s breeding career. ...
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Horsemen to Freehold: Sign or Sell

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
The membership of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey met Tuesday and came away with a message for the owners of Freehold Raceway: if the track will not sign the agreement to accept casino supplement funds for the track’s purses, it should sell the track.   “We, the horsemen, would be one of the bidders to buy the track,” said Standardbred Breeders...
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Fox Valley Lover wins ISOBA at Balmoral Park

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies grabbed the headlines on a cold and rainy Tuesday at Balmoral Park as a field of eight diagonally gaited state-breds squared off in a $15,000 ISOBA Super Sale Stake, with Fox Valley Lover emerging the winner.   The tough conditions did not slow down Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Lover as the good looking daughter of Vaporize-Love You More t...
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